Today we moved Butters into her new home, a beautiful hutch that Mr. Bear has been building in the garage. I wish I had a tutorial for you all, but I did not document his work, as he mainly built it while I was busy myself. It is gorgeous, though! And so much nicer than the giant kennel we had her in before.
Mr. Bear built if from scratch. It's about five feet tall, four feet long, and two feet deep. We bought all the materials(minus the paint) at the hardware store; lumber, floor tiles, decorative trim, wire fencing, hinges, latches. The decorative molding along the bottom was my idea. The whole thing is painted with milk paint, which is the most environmentally-friendly and safe for animals paint you can get, which we actually bought at a woodworking hobbyist shop.
Mr. Bear only used one of the rolls of wire fencing on the hutch, so we'll use the other to fence off areas for her to run, which will be much better than the improvised child gate/suitcase barrier I've been using to keep her in the living room.
The top and the front panels both fold up for ease of cleaning. We will be adding two shelves inside it for Butters to hop on.
Until we add the shelves, we stretched a pillowcase between those two rods in the back of the hutch, and she has been hopping around on it, throwing her grass everywhere!
We will also be adding a nice matching ramp, we're using a makeshift one made of a plank of wood covered with a towel. She got the hang of it quickly enough.
I'm terribly impressed with how it turned out. And it fits through the front door in one piece! We found a nice hutch at a thrift store months ago, but it was too big to actually get inside our house. This one is much nicer and fits through a standard size door.
Butters seems happy with it, she's been exploring and playing with her toys, and is now taking a nap in the back of the hutch under her pillowcase canopy. Moving days are exhausting!
Edit 7/4/12: Since an anonymous reader saw fit to submit a comment to the effect that this is animal cruelty, I'd like to clarify that Butters is not confined to her hutch 24/7. She has the run of the house and a large enclosed run in the yard, the hutch is her warren. Rabbits need a place to call their own. The ramp we built her is not pictured here, but we do not keep her locked up. If you'd like to discuss the ethical ramifications of animal domestication with me further, please do so as yourself, and not behind an anonymous comment.